View Full Version : Ive been keeping a secret...

03-12-2011, 07:41 AM
Well over the last couple of weeks I have been making my own hamster cage, I didnt want to let anyone know incase it all went wrong lol, but now it is finished so I thought I would add a few pics for you to have a nosey at.
Here they are:


They seem to love them, I used Gloss on the outside of the cages as the hammies wont come in contact with the outside, and I used plastikote on the inside, there wasnt enough to cover the back, floor and shelf, so I used wallpaper on the back with plastic covering so I can wide it down when I clean them out, I then bought 4 packs of 4 vinyl floor tiles from poundland to put on the floor and the shelf. I used wire mesh at the back for ventalation and also drilled 10mm holes in the sides to add more ventalation. The doors are made from a wooden frame with perspex sheet.

Hope you like them :) xxx

Oooh and Ive added a couple of pics for suga, hope and others with slower connections :) xxx

03-12-2011, 07:43 AM
very nice :D <3

03-12-2011, 07:43 AM
Wow that is amazing! You are very creative, and have very lucky hammies :D

03-12-2011, 07:43 AM
wow rhi what a secret!!! That looks very practical...i recon ikea will soon start marketing hamster cage furniture!!! Amazing hun, you have done you and your babies proud xxx

oh and i see the lil pressie i sent you ^_^

03-12-2011, 08:12 AM
Aww wow Rhi that's amazing! Lucky hams! :D

03-12-2011, 08:12 AM
Nat, it was on the side of the cage I brought it to the front especially for you :)
It wasnt made from another unit either, it was made from scratch I designed it myself :)

The cages are 90cm (L) x 45cm (W) x 40cm (H)
forgot to add dimensions in the thread whoopsies xxx

03-12-2011, 08:18 AM
Wow, that's amazing! Bet your hammies love it.

03-12-2011, 08:23 AM
That looks great!! I bet your hammies will love them :)

03-12-2011, 08:25 AM
That is absolutely amazing, it looks so good! Usually i'm not so keen on homemade cages as they look kinda.. homemade? but this looks absolutely beautiful, I love the way it's white! You've made me want to make one now, *goes off to nag my dad* D: How much did it cost in total? :)

03-12-2011, 08:34 AM
Love, love, LOVE it Rhi! Looks absolutely amazing, lucky hambleys ;)

03-12-2011, 08:42 AM
oooh let me work that out lol.

The MDF was 12 at B&Q and they cut it to the measurements I wanted,
The 2x4 timber was 7 at B&Q
The wood planks were 5 at B&Q
The perspex was 18 at Homebase
Hinges were 2.10 at Wilkinsons
The handles were 1 for 4 at The Range
Mesh was 4 but bought it for my carrier so didnt cost extra at Wilkinsons
The gloss for the outside which the colour is called putty was 3 at B&Q
The locks were 3 at The Range
The floor tiles were 4 for 16tiles at Poundland
Screws, woodglue, etc were all in my house from previous diy attempts
= 59.10
Not bad for 3 good size cages considering you'd pay more than that for 1 HH :D

03-12-2011, 08:56 AM
Wow :shock: that's amazing, I was expecting well over 100+!

03-12-2011, 09:29 AM
Very nice Rhi! I'm getting jelous of all of these homemade cages ;) hehe

03-12-2011, 10:53 AM
Rhi thanks for posting the thumbs. They look fab I am most impressed. Your diy skills are wonderful and they all look to be well made. Hope the that the hmasters are enjoying their new space. :D

03-12-2011, 11:46 AM
AS I said on Facebook, Rhi. Its fantastic! Well done, your hammies will be very very happy. :)

03-12-2011, 11:51 AM
That is amazing. Especially as you made it from scratch and not out of a unit.
I wish I could make something like that, I need someone to make me one!!

You should start making them and selling them, I'd buy one for sure! :D

03-12-2011, 11:51 AM
wow thats amazing, 3 very lucky hammies me thinks :)

03-12-2011, 12:35 PM
woahh thats amazing!! You have some very lucky hams ;)xx

03-12-2011, 05:14 PM
how long did it take? Love how pretty the background is

03-13-2011, 04:41 AM
It took about a week and a half all together but that was on and off not constant, just when I had a spare hour x
I got the background free as a sample from the wallpaper section of the range xx

03-13-2011, 10:11 AM
saw this on facebook and I'm gobsmacked!
Amazing :)

03-13-2011, 10:47 AM
Thank you all for your comments :) xxxx

03-14-2011, 07:49 AM
Thats amzaing Rhi!!

And from scratch too - you are super talented!! I woudnt know where to begin! Bet the hams are loving all the lovely space :-)

03-14-2011, 08:03 AM
Wah, Rhi, these cages are amazing! I love the design and the wallpapers,they are so cute!
Great Work!

03-14-2011, 08:58 AM
Oh wow that is AMAZING. >.< SOooo jealous. My DIY skills are next to none despite me having an A in Resistant Materials.

Your hammies must be very happy XD

Jayne R
03-16-2011, 09:01 AM
I wish you'd post this two week back. I was going to build a cage out of some spare wardrobe wood, with mesh front and back and ceramic tiles (that's if they're not toxic)
but chickend out as noone on here (as far as I know) has done it, so I just bought two 100lt storage boxes for bin cages instead.

Yours look look really good. I might still make a wood cage later on for a new syrian I'm thinking of getting and then just give my nethew one of my 100lt bin cages instead.

03-18-2011, 02:46 AM
Woah! They they are FANTASTIC!!!

Fancy making me one? ;)

You should do a step by step guide, I bet they love it! You'll have to post pictures of them in it too :lol:

03-18-2011, 01:01 PM
I would love to make you one Mark lol, I really enjoyed doing it, I plan on making them some wooden toys when I have some more money, to keep me busy until I can find a job.

I will def get some pics of them in them, I have placed things at the front of each cage so they can look out through the perspex, its so cute when I see them having a nose out, and no more bar chewing :D

Awww dont be scared of making one Jayne its not as hard as it looks, I over chiselled *sp? on the middle door, but it was my fault for rushing, just needs a bit of a sand down. If you need any advice PM me Im happy to help anyone looking to try their own make. I dont have internet access all the time so if it may take a couple of days before I get back to you, but I will I PROMISE lol
Glad you all like and thank you all for your wonderful comments. xx

03-28-2011, 06:54 PM
Awesome job!

It occured to me, looking at the wheels in your photos, Rhi, that they are probably Silent Spinners but in unfamiliar colors (and with spiral cutaway holes). Are those some sort of an old design or not S.S. at all? I love the light blue plastic.

03-29-2011, 10:45 AM
Well the are called Silent wheels, not sure if they are the same as the silent spinners I got them for pampurred pets, its the only place I know that stock them. They are only 7.5inch mind, which is ok for dwarfs and small syrians, I need a new bigger wheel for Oscar but just cant afford one atm, he still uses his blue one atm with no probs tho, Id just prefer him to have a larger wheel xxx

03-29-2011, 11:35 AM
Ah, they don't have an on-line store to check. I'm intrigued though if it comes in a 5.5" size. That'd be perfect for my robos.

03-29-2011, 12:10 PM
No it only comes in the 7.5 in the shop, although it is a very smooth wheel and my little campbells has no problem running in it at all xxx

04-08-2011, 04:39 AM
hello sorry to post on this cos i know its old but i want to know which pampurred pets you got those wheels in rhi ive been looking for some the one in pughs or st mellons? also how did you cut your perspex!

ha so many questions thanks :) x

04-09-2011, 04:03 PM
Ooh just noticed this sorry late reply.
I got my 1st yellow wheel in pughs, and the 2nd yellow one and the blue one in st mellons, they also do a pink one, if they haven't any in stock ask the girl behind the counter they should be able to order you some in, or get stock sent down from another store.

My friend is a retired carpenter so he cut my perspex for me using a circular saw, although as long as you support it properly you should be able to use a jigsaw or a normal saw.

04-09-2011, 04:15 PM
That is absolutely amazing, it looks so good! Usually i'm not so keen on homemade cages as they look kinda.. homemade? but this looks absolutely beautiful, I love the way it's white! You've made me want to make one now, *goes off to nag my dad* D: How much did it cost in total? :)

Dollface-OMG! Hamster-muffin!!!! (your avatar). And I must agree this looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Jealous!

04-09-2011, 04:17 PM
aww Thank You xxx

04-09-2011, 11:57 PM
that is seriously cool!!! u are talented my friend.

04-14-2011, 04:26 AM
aww thank you :) xx

04-14-2011, 04:29 AM
love them! lucky ham hams :)

04-14-2011, 04:43 AM
Thanks Nat :) they seem to like them, Ive had to attack their playpen though to attach to the wire mesh at the back as Oscar and Oliver have decided to climb and chew it and I was worried about their toes and teeth xx

04-24-2011, 06:09 PM
Wow! i would love to do something like that! cant wait for summer weather. thats when ill make a outdoor pin. Ill post pics when the weather cooporates! :)

09-26-2011, 11:10 AM
WOW this is amazing! love your cage.. actually a bit jealous:( haha,
might have a go at making one!

09-26-2011, 11:35 AM
What an amazing setup!! I am so impressed.. you are so crafty.. you could sell those
Your little Hammies are very lucky

09-26-2011, 03:12 PM
Thank You! I would love to make and sell them if the demand was there and I had the funds upfront. They are so bulky would only be able to sell locally shipping would cost a bomb. Unless I did flat pack versions lol.
Im 5 and half month pregnant at the mo so dont think Id have the energy to finish another just yet lol and my bump is starting to get in the way of me doing things hehe xxx